...this is a lively, stimulating, and well-written book....those coming to these topics for the first time will find a great deal of useful information and much to think about.
-Public Opinion Quarterly
The volume should be an excellent point of departure for further explorations of science in the public eye. In producing this book, Friedman, Dunwoody, and Rogers have cut to the heart of the challenge of how society can transcend the shallow 'he said, she said' type of reporting when conflicting scientific claims hit the news.
This mix of academics, journalists, and scientists adds breadth to the book. Hence Communicating Uncertainty could serve as supplementary reading for advanced courses in science journalism, public journalism, or public policymaking. Communication scholars will find it useful as well; chapter contributors usually offer in-depth reviews of the academic literature on their topic.
-Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
The book addresses the roles, practices, and perspectives of scientists, reporters, and lay audiences. Rich insights and arguments are provided by a distinguished body of scholars and professional writers who discuss scientific policy and politics as well as techniques for increasing the quality of science journalism.
-Journal of Communication
Indeed, the book is a veritable smorgasbord of uncertainty topics, giving readers much to choose from....the editors did a fine job in providing intellectually nourishing offerings.
-Journalism & Mass Communication Educator
The editors intended to provide a broad-reaching analysis of this narrowly focused aspect of scientific discourse, and they did so effectively by bringing in diverse voices to present various analyses....the book provides an effective introduction to the less frequently examined aspects of scientific discourse to help shape our available knowledge.
-Risk: Health, Safety & Environment 263
The articles in this book lay out areas of uncertainty, identify the problem, and call for greater research on the meaning of uncertainty. By raising questions of trust, avoiding the media-bashing syndrome, and defining risk not as a technical construct but as a social and political one, this book contributes important perspectives to the debate on risk.